Der Freischütz
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Der Freischütz
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Der Freischütz review - Australian Stage

Carl Maria von Weber’s Der Freischütz or The Marksman (1821, Berlin) is a pivotal piece in German opera history and performance practice. On one hand, it is known as a seminal piece of German Romantic opera. It had an ardent initial reception with a pronounced national sentiment, notwithstanding the strong influence of French opéra comique.  On the other hand, the opera has prompted experimentations with staging techniques, particularly of the famous second act finale or the casting of magic bullets in the Wolf’s Glen. 

Der Freischütz review- Theatre People

Review by Darcy Carroll

Melbourne Opera has commenced their 2015 season in a spirited fashion with the first performance of Carl Maria von Weber's Der Freischütz (The Marksman) at the Athenaeum Theatre.

Der Freischütz review - Australian Book Review

In these straitened economic times for arts funding, it is rare for opera companies to stray far from the standard, well known repertoire. But there are only so many Toscas, Traviatas and Butterflys one needs to see in a lifetime. So it is pleasing that Melbourne Opera was prepared to stage an opera once so famous it was parodied by Gilbert and Sullivan but nowadays sadly neglected. The last time this writer saw Der Freischütz was at Southampton in 1975 (Glyndebourne Touring Company). It has not been done in Melbourne since 1969.

Der Freischütz review - Classic Melbourne

Hats off to Melbourne Opera! The choice of Der Freischutz to launch their 2015 season was a happy one on several counts. Following successful performances of Beethoven’sFidelio and Wagner’s Rienzi, a link has been forged between these two by another masterpiece from the German operatic repertoire. Beethoven took opera to new places after Mozart’s ground-breaking Magic Flute and Wagner was inspired by Weber’s Der Freischutz to explore myth and legend in a new musical imagining, complete with leitmotifs and an innovative use of orchestral forces.

Der Freischütz review - The Australian

In an unusually early start to Melbourne’s 2015 opera season, Melbourne Opera premiered a new production of Weber’s masterwork Der Freischutz (The Marksman, more usually translated as The Freeshooter). The opera was last staged in Melbourne 46 years ago by the former Victorian Opera Company.

The story of human aspirations and frailties is set in a Bohemian village at the end of the 30 Years’ War.

Der Freischütz review- Simon Parris

Taking the sort of bold leap seldom, if ever, seen from the national company in recent years, Melbourne Opera proves they have the resources, talent and audience support to successfully stage rarely seen German opera Der Freischütz.


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